Kayaking Spider Lake on Vancouver Island

Spider Lake Provincial Park near Qualicum Beach is is popular for canoeing, kayaking and swimming.  Especially for families.

It’s stocked with small mouth bass and rainbow trout — but catching them is another matter.

On one of the first hot weather days of the summer, my brother took me out on his excellent sit-on-top kayaks.

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The Morning Show on Apple TV+

It’s good. 

61% on Rotten Tomatoes sounds too low to me.

On paper this must have looked one of the greatest TV projects all-time.

Three likeable, bankable stars: Jennifer AnistonReese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell.

The theme contemporary –  celebrity MeToo sexual misconduct.

Apple TV+ has money for the best people, the best music soundtrack.

Billy Crudup as Cory Ellison is excellent.

Ultimately I expected more.  A better ending, as well.

There will be no season 2.

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Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

I’m not the target audience for this book.

Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is a dystopian action-adventure novel by American author Suzanne Collins. It is a spinoff and a prequel to The Hunger Games trilogy. …

Critics had a mixed overall reception …

The central character is the teenage Coriolanus Snow who would 64 years later become the dictatorial president of Panem as Donald Sutherland.

This book didn’t really work for me.  And the 10th Hunger Games were pretty horrible.

The only character of interest is Volumnia Gaul – The Head Gamemaker of the 10th Hunger Games.

Fans of YA fiction where teens kill other teens will probably love it.

Needless to say, a film version is in the works.

If She Wakes by Michael Koryta

If She Wakes is Michael Koryta‘s most recent novel. (2019)

Some feel it’s his best.

Michael Connelly calls Koryta the genre’s “best of the best“.

Certainly the plot is fascinating:

Tara Beckley is in a coma. Her brain is working perfectly, but she cannot move.  She has locked-in syndrome.

Tara knows that a visiting professor has been murdered, but can’t tell anyone.  Her family is thinking of pulling the plug.

Abby Kaplan, an insurance investigator and former professional driver, is suspicious about the supposed accident

Meanwhile, two assassins have been dispatched to clean up the mess and recover a secret device. 

I did like the book and plan to read more Koryta.  Best character, for me, was Dax — son of one of my favourite characters from “Those who wish me dead”.



my Quad Lock phone accessories

What’s cooler than a man wearing a HIP pack with a phone belt clip?

A man wearing a fanny pack with two phone clips!   😀

My trusty Otterbox case has served me well. And saved me many, many times. I’ve never broken a phone. The belt clip is … OK.

When I got a second phone I tried, instead, the Quad Lock belt clip.  It’s better than Otterbox, overall.  Quad Lock was rated #1 on Wirecutter.

There’s a cheaper alternative called Nite Ize Wraptor.

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I only tried that belt clip because I was looking for a way to mount my new phone on the handlebars of my touring bike.  The belt clip is compatible.

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Fair Warning by Michael Connelly

Fair Warning is the 2020 book from the author of all those excellent Harry Bosch stories.

But Bosch does not appear in this one.

It’s his 3rd novel featuring exclusively reporter Jack McEvoy,

Undetected by law enforcement, a vicious killer has been hunting women, using genetic data shared by the victims themselves to select and stalk his targets.

After reading this book you certainly will want to avoid getting your genetics checked by sites like 23andMe.   There’s very little regulation.  In the book women are tracked down by the killer by their genetics data.

His next book will feature Lincoln Lawyer Mickey Haller.  Bosch will return after that.

He’s also currently working on #7 and last of the Bosch TV series.

Michael Connelly’s new book is Fair Warning

Author’s Note:

This book is a work of fiction, but FairWarning is a real news site offering tough watchdog reporting on consumer issues. It is a nonprofit founded and edited by Myron Levin. Michael Connelly is a member of FairWarning’s board of directors. Go to FairWarning.org for further information and to consider making a donation to support its important work.